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Vince Gill Headlines Harrah's, Colorado Belle Features 'May Days Of Thunder', The Australian Bee Gees Show Stops At The Riverside, 3-Card Poker Tournament Planned, Customers Set To Cruise Into Summer, Ramada Express Offers Champagne Brunch, More...

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Country superstar Vince Gill will take center stage at Harrah's Rio Vista Outdoor Amphitheater on May 12. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $49, $55 and $70, call 1-800-447-8700 or 702-298-8510.

Gill learned to play several instruments, including banjo and guitar, before he started high school in Oklahoma City. After he graduated, he played in a number of bluegrass bands; later, he became a member of Rodney Crowell's road band, The Cherry Bombs. His debut on the national scene was with the country rock band Pure Prairie League in 1979. Gill appeared on two subsequent albums along with then-wife Janis Gill before signing as a solo artist with RCA Records in 1983. He first charted while on that label and in 1989, he switched to MCA Records, where he recorded his breakthrough hit "When I Call Your Name." More recently, Gill and Sheryl Crow sang harmony vocals on the Brooks & Dunn 2006 hit "Building Bridges."

Gill hosted the CMA Awards every year from 1992 to 2003. In 2004, he received a Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance. In 1997, he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Okla. Gill was divorced in June 1998 and married Christian/pop singer Amy Grant in March of 2000.

More than $10,000 in cash and prizes will be offered in the Colorado Belle's "May Days of Thunder" promotion, set for May 1-26. The prizes will be awarded in 8 p.m. drawings each Tuesday and Saturday. On Tuesdays, the prize will be $200 in cash and an official Dale Earnhardt, Jr. NASCAR jacket. On Saturdays, the prize will be $500 in cash and a NASCAR mini gas go-kart.

To participate, One Club members must play their favorite games to earn points to redeem for drawing tickets. One Club members also receive a drawing ticket daily just for being a club member. Non-members can sign and become a One Club member for free, and receive a drawing ticket. Guests can also receive coupons for tickets at hotel check-in and with retail purchases. Promotion rules and details will be posted at the One Club booth.

Each of the four NASCAR mini gas go-karts to be given away during "May Days of Thunder" feature JD-TEK 6.5 hp 4-stroke, 12 cubic-inch single cylinder engines with overhead valves and can each reach a top speed of 25 mph. On May 5, the Jeff Gordon No. 24 Du Pont Kart will be given away. On May 12, the Tony Stewart No. 20 Home Depot Kart will be awarded. The winner on May 19 will receive the Kasey Kahne No. 9 Dodge Kart, and the May 26 winner will get the Dale Earnhardt, Jr. No. 8 Budweiser Kart.

In addition, you can see Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s No Bull race car at the Colorado Belle. It will be on display from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 4, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, prior to the Crown Royal 400 NASCAR Race Party. The car will be back from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 11 and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, prior to the Dodge Avenger 500 Race Party.

The Australian Bee Gees tribute show will play at the Riverside in Don's Celebrity Theatre, May 8-16. Tickets for the 8 p.m. shows are $25.

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The real Bee Gees first burst on to the music scene in 1967 and have stayed at the top ever since. The Australian Bee Gees - Stayin' Alive is a live five-piece band, renowned worldwide for their definitive performances of all the classic Bee Gees songs from the sixties all the way to the new millennium. From their first shows in 1997, the authentic tribute group has played to capacity houses throughout Australia, Asia, New Zealand, North and South America as well as Germany.

Colorado Belle players will have a second opportunity to win a seat in the Shuffle Master 3-Card Poker World Championship in Las Vegas, during a satellite tournament at the property in the Mardi Gras Room, Aug. 17-19. The event will feature an Early Bird Tournament on Aug.17, followed by regular tournament play on Aug. 18 and 19. More than $26,400 in total prize money (based on 260 entrants), with $12,000 in first place prize money, will be offered in the tournament.

Entry fee is $130 and includes a room for three nights and a cocktail party. Currently through Aug. 16, Pit players may qualify for a free or half-price tournament entry in the casino pit. For details, call 877-480-2747.

At the end of the tournament, one player will be selected by drawing to play in the Shuffle Master World Championship Tournament in Las Vegas in November.

Harrah's customers could be packing their bags in big numbers this spring and summer as part of the casino's Set Sail Dream Cruise Giveaway promotion.

Running through June 3, players who swipe their Total Rewards® player cards on Sunday have a chance to win a four-night cruise for two to the Caribbean, Bahamas or Baja Mexico. Each time a player swipes, he or she is entered into the big June 10 drawing for the 14-day cruise of a lifetime and $50,000 in cash. The drawing will be broadcast live to all participating properties on June 10. A total of 30 Harrah's owned and operated casinos are hosting Set Sail-themed promotions, and 1,200 cruises are guaranteed to be given away brand-wide during the promotion. Harrah's Laughlin customers who aren't part of the Total Rewardsr program simply sign up for a free card and, during the promotion and receive a free travel bag.

On Sundays at 7 p.m., during the promotion period, Harrah's Laughlin will award five winners with a cruise for two to the Caribbean, Bahamas or Baja Mexico.

Monday through Saturday, Harrah's Laughlin will host a daily 5 p.m. drawing. Five daily drawing winners will have a chance to select a Harrah's toy sailboat and cash or spa baskets. In addition, each winner will also receive 1,000 Bonus Reward Credits (added to guest account) and an invitation to return for the final Set Sail drawing on June 10, for a chance to win $50,000 and a 14-day cruise of a lifetime. The invitation includes three complimentary nights from June 8 to 10 and more drawing tickets.

The Ramada Express is featuring a new Champagne Brunch with an updated menu every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Roundhouse Buffet. The highlight of the brunch is the flowing champagne fountain, from which guests 21 and older can enjoy unlimited glasses. The brunch is $9.99.

The Roundhouse Buffet continues to offer breakfast daily between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m.

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